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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: geared 540) (ESC: 20amp MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Smart move young lady.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - Paint Shop
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Welcome back Doug, we've missed your wit and fair comments.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint and winders...err, windows
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Don't be so critical, it looks really good.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Hi Nerys, glad you got what you wanted, is it a single seat unit or double.
    If its a single the seat swivel from an early Ford galaxy could be fitted.
    A double needs a special slide and swing unit.
    I managed to get my replacement door for the front n/s . Just got to find a rear one to match now as I don't want to paint it.
    I left home at 6.45 this morning after giving my knee a good soak in voltarol and had quite an easy first part of the journey till I got to Worcester and there's so many diversions my sat nave got confused as some of the diversions went the wrong way up two one way roads.
    Then on the way home I was sent a different way to avoid the road works but at Ombersley a very large artic tinkered hit the roundabout and lost all the offside wheels from his trailer thus blocking the road. I was lucky as I know the country lanes and managed to bypass the hold-up. I rejoined the main road about 9 miles further on and the traffic going in the other direction was backed up all the way to great whiteley.
    I got home at 11.15 in time for lunch.
    Have to go to Tamworth on Saturday, to take my son to get a replacement for his car which he has managed to wear out.
    Good night and stay safe, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Ian, that's awful, I would be devastated if my modelling machines disappeared, because the replacements never seem to have that familiar feeling.
    We lost all our power tools during the rebuilding of our home in 2000, insurance replaced everything with new kit but it took me about 5 years to feel comfortable with it.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    A local used car dealer had similar issues, so installed a very expensive alarm and camera system. Three days later the burglars came back and swiped the security system and nothing else.
    So now he takes all the valuable stuff out of the vehicles and leaves them unlocked, and not had any problems since.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    5 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Good Morning Nerys, seems we both have a mission for today.
    I am off to Birmingham to buy a front passenger side door for my car.
    Just getting ready to leave Caroline will stay home and walk my dog and feed the dragon for me.
    I love early morning starts as the roads are still empty, reminds of the times I had lorry driving when I had no work on.
    Happy travelling, are you going for a rotating seat or fixed, I tried both in our camper, and rotating was best for us. There's a company at Clows Top on the way to Kidderminster that sells the rotating bases for the double font van seats.
    Bye for now, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Nice looking sailing location. And your boat seems to sit nicely on the water.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Good morning Nerys, I am managing to hobble about the house on sticks, can get to the car and drive, but Caroline has to do the shopping while I wait for her in the car.
    X-ray showed that I have osteoarthritis in the joint and inflammation of the cartilage, so definitely a bad strain.
    I had to put my boat build aside as we had the grandchildren staying with us from Thursday to Sunday as daughter in law broke her foot.
    Otherwise everything is fine here.
    When I get to walk the dog again to the lake I will be able to see the northern end of the brecon beacons and Hay bluff as well as the pilgrims pass to Llanthony Abbey, so we are connected in a way.
    Bye for now, its our main shopping day today, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    My worst memory of my weekend trips was when my mate was struck down with appendicitis, I was stuck on Mablethorpe sand dunes with two tandems and trailers, and it was absolutely chucking it down, so I rode into the town to ring for help, saw a policeman and explained what had happened, he got a couple of officers to go and strike camp and brought everything back to the police station.
    They rang our parents and told them we were OK, and in the morning I was taken home by police van with all our kit. And my friend was transferred to Leicester Royal infirmary to recover.
    We went back again 3 months later to thank the officers that had helped us.
    God I wish I was fit enough to do it all over again.
    Happy days Colin.
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    πŸ“ No Reverse
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Its great being in a position that we can help each other, Doug rebuilt my taycol for me, and the amount of free information that we give each other is worth it's weight in super tankers.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Nerys, just another thought, no mobile phones in them days.
    I used to carry some pennies for the phone box in case of needing assistance.
    Plus mum said that we had to ring in at least once a day.
    And we had to promise to wear our life jackets when on the water, but usually all we wore was our swimming trunks with our clothes in plastic bags. Foolish now when I think back on how dangerous the lower Trent and Humber estuary was. With the wash from passing vessels.
    Wouldn't dream of doing it again without.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    The parents would be charged with willful neglect of a minor. Or worse criminal endangerment.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Nerys, thats a lovely memory, it seems our parents didn't mind us going off in those days.
    When I was 14 my adventures started with me and my best friend going off to the east coast ,usually Mablethorpe or Cleethorpes each weekend during summer months.
    We had a tandem each, so we could possibly pick up the girls, and we had a trailer each to carry our camping gear and our kayak. Sometimes we would paddle from Leicester along the river Soar onto the Trent and finally into the Humber, down the coast to Cleethorpes and camp in the dunes, fishing and exploring each day then paddle all the way back, the journey used to take about 20 hours paddling outbound and 35 hours back upstream.
    Kids these days wouldn't have a clue, as they are not allowed the freedom we had.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Russel Brothers Tug
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    It must be quite powerful as that looks like a strong current.
    But a nice shape for modelling, I'll try Googling it.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Promotion
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Peter you deserve it for the way you help us other modellers.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ The Site
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Thanks Martin, I agree completely, so get your whacky brain in gear and kick-start us off again.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Notifications
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Has anyone heard anything from Doug today. Its not like him to miss commenting on our misfortunes or successes.
    In fact its been 9 days since his last post, quite worrying.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Notifications
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Hi Nerys, mine are still arriving.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Promotion
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Well done sir, the ladder gets shorter the nearer to the top you get. Just gets harder to limb with all the brain and scrambled egg.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Deck rope 1/12
    10 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rick, I usually buy rigging cord off ebay, it's available in various thicknesses to suit the scale and type of use.
    Or even braided fishing lines from local angling stores.
    Cheers Colin
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    πŸ“ Holidays
    11 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Ken, that's a lovely memory of a town I knew well. I once owned a garage there, but one memory that I will have with me always is a day out on the sea with my dad testing a Metzler rib, we were on our way back to shore between the old forts heading to the pier slipway under full throttle (twin 75hp motors) so skipping the waves quite nicely, when suddenly stopped both motors stalled I flipped overboard about half mile out. We had hit a sandbar with only about a foot of water. God we laughed till it hurt. It took about half an hour to rock her free and slide into enough water to start the motors again.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    11 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Good morning Nerys,
    It is such a shame that our love has to endure such hardships caused by illness, you are extremely lucky to have your Alice. As I am with Caroline, we both have problems that have caused us pain and depression, but we carry on caring for each other. We have family members who think we should get carers in, but they don't have the connection with us that we do with each other.
    Live life for today and to hell with what might be. Love conquers all.
    Give Alice our best wishes for you both.
    Cheers Colin and Caroline.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    11 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Back to the build, sorted a few more of the parts.
    I have glued the cabin frames ready, I need to trim and sand ready to fit the roof's.
    Before I fit the skins,I have a question, what motor do I have to use, from my stock I have brushed 540's, 600's, decaperm or hectaperm available. Or do I go for a brushless and what size would be best. Only call me old fashioned as I want to use standard nim-h or ni-cad batteries or sla as these are easier for me as then I will not have to buy a new charging system.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Shush Nerys don't tell anyone, but it makes them sound like servants.
    But no servant would put up with what they have to.
    Only true love and devotion can survive our whims and misfortunes.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    And not to forget she's an excellent cook as well.
    My waistline has gained an inch this week, I suppose it will be handy come winter.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Dutch Gallot trading Vessel, initial research and build.
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Lucky b####r.
    Well done, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Ian you are so right there, where else could I find such a wonderful partner.
    She can even use tools correctly, she is willing to have ago at almost anything .
    Love makes life worthwhile.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Martin, you may be right, but when modelling I prefer to have no distractions, which is hard in the home.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    13 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Wife has made space in living room and put our camping table up for me to work on whilst my leg isn't working.
    Cheers Colin.
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